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The Story of Lewis Carroll Told for Young People by the Real Alice in Wonderland   By:

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[Illustration: Miss Isa Bowman as Alice in "Alice in Wonderland" ]

THE STORY OF LEWIS CARROLL

TOLD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BY THE REAL ALICE IN WONDERLAND

MISS ISA BOWMAN

WITH A DIARY AND NUMEROUS FACSIMILE LETTERS WRITTEN TO MISS ISA BOWMAN AND OTHERS. ALSO MANY SKETCHES AND PHOTOS BY LEWIS CARROLL AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS.

NEW YORK E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY 31 WEST TWENTY THIRD STREET 1900

COPYRIGHT, 1899 BY E. P. DUTTON & CO.

The Knickerbocker Press, New York

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MISS ISA BOWMAN (IN PHOTOGRAVURE) Frontispiece

LEWIS CARROLL'S ROOM IN OXFORD 9

C. L. DODGSON 13

A CHINAMAN 17

BEGGAR CHILDREN 35

ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON 59

LEWIS CARROLL'S HOUSE AT EASTBOURNE 65

MISS ISA BOWMAN AND MISS BESSIE HATTON AS THE LITTLE PRINCES IN THE TOWER 73

ISA BOWMAN AS DUKE OF YORK 77

MISS ISA BOWMAN AS "ALICE IN WONDERLAND" (IN PHOTOGRAVURE) 80

THE LITTLE PRINCES 83

"DOLLY VARDEN" 95

"A TURK" 103

FACSIMILE OF A CHARADE 108 109 110

LEWIS CARROLL

It seems to me a very difficult task to sit down at a desk and write "reminiscences" of a friend who has gone from us all.

It is not easy to make an effort and to remember all the little personalia of some one one has loved very much, and by whom one has been loved. And yet it is in a measure one's duty to tell the world something of the inner life of a famous man; and Lewis Carroll was so wonderful a personality, and so good a man, that if my pen dragged ever so slowly, I feel that I can at least tell something of his life which is worthy the telling.

Writing with the sense of his loss still heavy upon me, I must of necessity colour my account with sadness. I am not in the ordinary sense a biographer. I cannot set down a critical estimate, a cold, dispassionate summing up of a man I loved; but I can write of a few things that happened when I was a little girl, and when he used to say to me that I was " his little girl."

The gracious presence of Lewis Carroll is with us no longer. Never again will his hand hold mine, and I shall never hear his voice more in this world. Forever while I live that kindly influence will be gone from my life, and the "Friend of little Children" has left us.

And yet in the full sorrow of it all I find some note of comfort. He was so good and sweet, so tender and kind, so certain that there was another and more beautiful life waiting for us, that I know, even as if I heard him telling it to me, that some time I shall meet him once more.

In all the noise and excitement of London, amid all the distractions of a stage life, I know this, and his presence is often very near to me, and the kindly voice is often at my ear as it was in the old days.

To have even known such a man as he was is an inestimable boon. To have been with him for so long as a child, to have known so intimately the man who above all others has understood childhood, is indeed a memory on which to look back with thanksgiving and with tears.

Now that I am no longer "his little girl," now that he is dead and my life is so different from the quiet life he led, I can yet feel the old charm, I can still be glad that he has kissed me and that we were friends. Little girl and grave professor! it is a strange combination. Grave professor and little girl! how curious it sounds! yet strange and curious as it may seem, it was so, and the little girl, now a little girl no longer, offers this last loving tribute to the friend and teacher she loved so well... Continue reading book >>




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